By Aimee Bingham Osinski firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Sunday at 2pm was the last show by the Dexter Community Players to take the stage at Copeland. The Dexter Community Players is a 501(c)3, founded in 1981. DCP is a volunteer community based theater group. Its aim is to bring an authentic theater experience to actors, production staff members, and audiences.
When the Dexter School District opted to sell Copeland, it left two tenants searching for a new home. The Dexter Senior Center and the Dexter Community Players. Copeland isn’t the only stage on which the DCP appears. They have also appeared in the Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, which is a large capacity theater attached to Dexter High School, and the Columbus Hall and Banquet Center has been the perfect location for dinner theater productions. There are currently auditions for future productions scheduled in February. The show will go on.
James and the Giant Peach ended its run on Sunday, with a magical production which was entertaining to adults and children alike. The set was very impressive. The Peach stood atop what appeared to be a play structure, complete with a climbing wall, spider web and a large peach slide, which represented the hole through which James climbed into the peach and met the extra large creatures within. I brought along my 5 year-old as a critic. She’s not a fan of TV and just recently made it through her first movie, so she's a particularly tough critic. She’d much rather be part of the action than sit back and watch it.
Cast and crew, well done! She enjoyed it so much, she wants to read the book now. You magically transported her into the story, and that’s not easy with this one. She laughed and stayed quiet, and watching intently the entire time. She particularly enjoyed the earthworm and centipede and thought they were hilarious.
The professionalism of the cast should be noted. And a big congratulations to the director, Deric Prieskorn and Joy Gee, whom the director recognized prior to the show for helping keep the kids well cared for so he could do his job. The techs and cast performed as little professional theater people, making it possible for my daughter to be transported into the peach for nearly two hours. When one of the little sharks, some of the youngest cast members, didn’t exit the stage at the right time, an older cast member jumped in and helped him or her remember what to do next, like a pro.
What a great way to close out the Copeland stage. Congratulations to all the cast and crew for a wonderful production. We will make it a point to attend the next youth theater production by the Dexter Community Players. I was impressed with the acting, the set design and the professionalism of the cast. It was less expensive than a movie at the theater and my daughter enjoyed it more.